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Program: Science Club for Girls

Science Clup for GirlsScience Club for Girls (SCFG) is a series of afterschool STEM programs offering K-12 girls the chance to explore science and technology through experiments and activities. Through the Junior Mentor leadership program, teenage girls become role models, teaching young children science, learning life skills, conducting outreach, and exploring careers in STEM fields.

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New Study on Girls in Engineering to Begin

Girls in EngineeringFewer than 18 percent of engineering undergrads are female. In an attempt to find the best ways to bring more women to the field, Arizona State University (ASU) education specialist Tirupalavanam Ganesh will soon begin a study of sixth grade girls as they explore hands-on learning experiences focused on engineering.

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Students’ Summer: Engineering Discovery for Girls

EDGEExciting Discovery for Girls in Engineering (EDGE) is a residential camp at Purdue University geared for girls who have completed the 9th or 10th grade and want to explore the engineering field. EDGE provides an overview of engineering concepts through hands-on workshops and introduces the participants to various engineering fields. Dates: July 24 – 29 and July 31 – Aug. 5, 2011. Application Deadline: April 15, 2011.

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Students’ Summer: Engineering For Your Imagination

Engineering FYIThe Engineering FYI camp from Purdue University is a residential camp for girls who have completed 7th or 8th grade. FYI campers will work with Purdue women engineering students on hands-on activities such as designing materials for disaster relief efforts. Date: June 13 – 17, 2011. Application Deadline: April 15, 2011.

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Informal Science Programs Can Benefit Girls

After School ProgramInformal, out-of-school science and math programs offer great ways to engage girls in the subjects, but they need to be carefully planned and executed to make sure reluctant students want to sign up for and stick with them, Education Week’s Beyond School blog reports on findings from a new Harvard Family Research Project report.

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Students Summer: It’s A Girl Thing. Missouri S&T. June 6-10, 2011

Experimenting at Missouri S and TThis week-long residential program, June 6-10, 2010, is designed to provide a fun and introductory engineering, science, and technology experience for girls entering 7th and 8th grades. Attendees will be exposed to the various science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers and encouraged to explore their personal interests through group projects and design competitions. Cost: $350. Application Deadline: May 30, 2011

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Starring on YouTube: Math

Youtube MathVi Hart has an audacious career ambition: she wants to make math cool. In November, she posted a video about doodling in math class. More videos followed, including one about drawing stars and another about prime numbers. By now, they’ve gone viral, viewed more than a million times.

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Education Tips from a ‘Genius’

Amir Abo-Shaeer at WorkIt doesn’t take a genius — or a lot of money — to attract students to engineering and keep them coming, says Amir Abo-Shaeer, a 2010 MacArthur “genius” Award winner from California. But this energetic engineering teacher has plenty of valuable advice for K-12 STEM educators.

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Outreach: Girlstart in Austin,TX

gs1Girlstart, a non-profit organization supporting girls in math, science, and technology, offers a variety of programs for girls and their families, including after-school programs, workshop series, summer camps, Expanding Your Horizons, and free community events.

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